Eastern Washakie Wilderness Loop

Meeteetse, Wyoming

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The Front Range of the Absaroka rises sharply above the plains of the Big Horn Basin and reaches its apex at 13,153-foot-high Francs Peak. The massive and spectacular Greybull River drains a large part of this country, and is plugged like a main circuit cable directly into the snowfields of the high Absaroka near the pass that bears its name. The Greybull is a sacred river for Native Americans—named for a white buffalo that once wandered this country. This hike encompasses the upper Greybull as well as some of the East Fork Wind River country and provides you with a continuously marvelous visual experience that rivals anything found in the overcrowded Wind River Range. Best of all, this area sees very little use aside from hunting. Highlights: Four high passes; breathtaking scenery; light traffic.

Eastern Washakie Wilderness Loop Professional Review and Guide

"The Front Range of the Absaroka rises sharply above the plains of the Big Horn Basin and reaches its apex at 13,153-foot-high Francs Peak. The massive and spectacular Greybull River drains a large part of this country, and is plugged like a main circuit cable directly into the snowfields of the high Absaroka near the pass that bears its name.

The Greybull is a sacred river for Native Americans—named for a white buffalo that once wandered this country. This hike encompasses the upper Greybull as well as some of the East Fork Wind River country and provides you with a continuously marvelous visual experience that rivals anything found in the overcrowded Wind River Range. Best of all, this area sees very little use aside from hunting. Highlights: Four high passes; breathtaking scenery; light traffic."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Meeteetse
Distance: 30
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Backpack
Season: Best June through September
Trailhead Elevation: 9,200 feet
Top Elevation: 11,500 feet
Local Contacts: Shoshone National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Francs Peak, Dunrud Peak, Wiggins Peak, Mount Burwell
Driving Directions: Directions to Eastern Washakie Wilderness Loop

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May 2018